Belfast Telegraph

Amazon set to spend £73m on another Dublin data site

By John Mulligan

Internet retail giant Amazon is planning to spend tens of millions of euro on another data centre at a site in Dublin - just months after completing a facility at the same location.

The project could easily cost over €100m (£73.6m), adding to the huge amount of money being spent by tech giants on infrastructure in Ireland.

Amazon has two data centre buildings at the Blanchardstown business and technology park, where it has had operations since 2010. The company only recently completed the DUB052 data centre at the technology park, and has another data centre on the same site. The new data centre building will be built over two storeys and have 16,065 sq m of floorspace.

PlanNet 21 Communications also opened a €20m (£14.7m) data centre in Blanchardstown that extends over 1,500 sq m, including office space. Last November, Amazon announced that it plans to hire 300 more people in Dublin. It already has 1,400 employees in Ireland. It has a significant presence in Cork, where more than 800 people are employed by the group in customer and seller support roles. Amazon reckons that since it first arrived in Ireland in 2004, it has invested over €1.5bn (£1bn) in the local economy.

There's been speculation that the pace of data centre construction by US firms in Europe could accelerate following the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that struck out the so-called Safe Harbour agreement that permits data transfers between the European Union and the United States, saying it violates privacy.

Global technology heavyweights including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google have all opted to site facilities in Ireland, lured in part by its temperate climate, which reduces the running costs of the buildings, where huge racks of servers emit heat that needs to be dissipated.

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